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President Robert Mugabe is talking too much about the elections and is causing alarm and despondency, says Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) President and Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai told the MDC-T newsletter, The Changing Times, that President Mugabe should shut up and not cause alarm and despondence to innocent Zimbabweans.

He said the date for the forthcoming elections had not been discussed and yet Mugabe continued to talk about them as if they had been finalised.

He said Zanu (PF) had prematurely thrust itself into a violent election campaign mode following careless utterances by its leadership, including President Mugabe, who is the Zanu (PF) President.

“President Robert Mugabe continues to needlessly cause alarm and despondency by pretending to be oblivious to the fact that this is a coalition government,” Tsvangirai said.

“The President and the Prime Minister now share executive authority and one cannot act exclusively in making executive decisions,” he said.

Mugabe has gone ahead to appoint ambassadors and governors without consulting Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai has protested against these appointments to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and gone to court but nothing has been reversed yet.

Tsvangirai said he regrets Mugabe’s calls for an early poll as such utterances merely caused needless anxiety, alarm and despondency and political uncertainty in Zimbabwe.

He dismissed President Mugabe’s claims and posturing as “day dreaming”, saying the reform process as defined by the Global Political Agreement (GPA) should determine the election date.

“No one, at this stage, can single-handedly call for elections unless there is a unilateral abandonment of the GPA,” Tsvangirai, said. “No one wants to slide back to 2008 where the nation forced people to starve and where the people’s verdict was suppressed. After all, those elections were not credible.”

Meanwhile the United States embassy in Harare has condemned political violence which is being orchestrated by  Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) supporters which has gripped the country displacing hundreds of MDC supporters.

The embassy said violence was against the GPA, an agreement which formed the unity government of Mugabe and Tsvangirai. Violence erupted in the country after Mugabe told his party at the Zanu (PF) conference last December that elections might be held anytime soon.

The MDC has blamed Zanu (PF) for beating up their supporters across the country. The MDC says thousands of their supporters have fled their homes to safe houses after they were violently forced out of their houses.

Zimbabwe has been experiencing violence towards and at election time prominently in the last decade as Zanu (PF) fights for its political survival after the coming in of the MDC into the political fold in 1999.

The US embassy called on all political parties to denounce violence and for the police to arrest violence perpetrators.

“The United States is alarmed by, and condemns, the recent spate of political violence perpetrated by youths and opportunists affiliated with elements of Zanu (PF).  Such unlawful actions violate the Global Political Agreement and demonstrate that the undermining of the rule of law has not changed fundamentally,” the US embassy said.

“We commend the restraint shown by those victimized or affected by these assaults in not responding with violence.  The U.S. calls on all parties to sincerely renounce violence as a political tool and for the law enforcement community to uphold the rule of law without partisan bias.”

The US embassy statement comes just days after the British embassy slammed violence in the country saying it is sad that two years after the formation of the unity government the country is still experiencing violence.

“It is this sort of unchecked violence – ignored by the police- and not imaginary sanctions, which does untold damage to Zimbabwe’s reputation abroad and makes it harder for real friends such as the United Kingdom to help attract investment the country so badly needs,” British ambassador, Mark Canning said.

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The smaller Movement for Democratic Change on Tuesday insisted its former President, currently one of Zimbabwe’s two deputy Prime ministers, Arthur Mutambara, must resign from his government position.

Mutambara who lost as party president at a recent pary congress, has hold on to his deputy prime minister position, saying he had no intention to resign to pave way for the new president Professor Welshman Ncube. President Robert Mugabe has said it will be difficult to fire Mutambara from government as he is an ex officio Member of Parliament and that removing him for the Deputy Prime Minister’s post will have legal challenges.

Kurauone Chihwayi, deputy secretary for information and publicity, said the MDC will convene the party’s national council meeting to discuss the matter.

“The MDC has noted the press statement issued by Professor Arthur Mutambara rejecting the instruction of the party to re-deploy him to the Ministry of Regional and Intergration and International Co-operation. We wish to advise the public that the party will soon convene the party’s national council, the Supreme organ of the party in between Congresses to deliberate and make decisions over Professor Mutambara’s disobedience,” Chihwayi said in a statement to the media.

“In the meantime we wish to place it on record that Arthur Mutambara attended the National council meeting of the 7th of January 2011 and also the congress on 8th and 9th January 2011 and formally stood down as party President at that congress. We also wish to state that it is the party that which nominated and seconded Arthur Mutambara to the position of Deputy Prime Minister and hence find it strange, in the extreme that he now thinks that he can occupy the same position without the blessing of the party.”

“We re-affirm the position of the party to deploy its President to the position of Deputy Prime Minister of the country. We are still without doubt that President mugabe will respect the of the party,” he said.

Mutambara on Monday said he does not recognize the leadership of Ncube saying he was not properly elected at the national party congress. He argued that the convener of the congress, the then chairperson, Joubert Mudzumwe did not attend the congress as per the country’s constitution.

“I have no intention whatsoever to leave the position of deputy minister in the inclusive government. I will not abdicate from my national responsibilities in order to satisfy narrow party-political aspirations,” said Mutambara.

He said under the Global Political Agreement (GPA), there was no provision to remove a sitting deputy prime minister.

Ncube told Radio VOP on Tuesday that he will wait for a special national council meeting of his party” to decide the way forward.

“I have nothing to say, there shall be a national council meeting on Wednesday and it will discuss the matter,” he said.

However a former MDC party official, Gabriel Chaibva, believes Mutambara’s days in government are numbered.

“He is hanging by a thin thread. According to Article 19 of the GPA which is essentially about political parties, the parties can resort to section 41 of the Constitution which says he who appoints can recall,” said Chaibva.

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Zimbabwe has rejected concerns that China’s move to help the country’s ailing economy with a10 billion dollar package can prop up the Robert Mugabe regime.he Zimbabwean government has instead said that Beijing’s investment in mining and agriculture could lift up its already crumbling economy.

“We have met with officials from China Development Bank and they have said they are willing to invest up to 10 billion dollars in Zimbabwe,” The Guardian quoted Tapiwa Mashakada, a government minister and member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), as saying.

The amount promised is much larger than Zimbabwe’s gross domestic product, expected to be about six billion (3.72 billion pounds) this year.

Mashakada, the minister of economic planning and investment promotion, said he expects his country to produce about 1.5 million tonnes of maize in 2011, up from 1.3 millio last year, and gold production to hit 13 tonnes in 2011, up from 8.3 tonnes in 2010.

Zimbabwe also has the world’s second biggest platinum reserves and hugely controversial deposits of alluvial diamonds.

China is “looking into mining development, that is exploration and exploitation, agriculture, infrastructure development and information communication technology”, Mashakada said.

“The Chinese are now moving towards strict due diligence, accountability and transparency. At the end of the day this really depends on us, how we position ourselves as a destination for investment. China is coming in a very big way,” he added.

China said recently its two-way trade with Africa had increased by nearly 45 percent in a year to hit a record 114.8 billion. Its investment in Zimbabwe has been growing steadily over the last decade.

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Growing anarchy as a result of a revolt by party members against MDC-N leader Welshman Ncube is to be rooted out soon likely resulting in former party leader Arthur Mutambara being expelled for rebellion, a report has established.

Mutambara the former party leader who became the subject of major discussions on the media at the end of January may soon be ex-communicated from the party for failing to heed to a congress decision to step down from his Vice Premiership and siding with Robert Mugabe.

Speaking to the media on Monday, the MDC’s UK chairman, Abraham Mdlongwa responded saying: “The attitude of the UK party structures of the MDC is that the MDC has issued a lawful instruction regarding the re-deployment of its personnel in government. Party members are required to obey this lawful instruction and any party members who act to the contrary will face disciplinary action in terms of our party code of conduct”

Mdlongwa added saying that the support Mutambara has received from Mugabe is a sign that Mutambara has always been a Mugabe-fanatic. Mugabe told a luncheon hosted for him by the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia: “It creates legal matters, it complicates issues. They were able to remove him politically, but legally he was sworn in as a Member of Parliament. I swore him in as Deputy Prime Minister.

“It’s up to him if he wants to resign, but if he refuses, well, we are stuck, but the Global Political Agreement will go ahead.”

The party wrote to President Robert Mugabe informing him of the demotion of Mutambara who has been ear-marked for the post of minister of Regional Integration and International Co-operation which was held by the skillful party cadre and Ncube loyalist Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga, who is to take over the ministry of Industry and International Trade.

Ncube ousted former party leader Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara after a common consensus was reached to remove him. But rebels led by one Joubert Mudzumwe have maintained that Mutambara is still the leader of the party which is now known as the MDC-N following Ncube’s election.

Quoted by Radiovop, Kuraone Chihwayi, the deputy spokesperson of the MDC-N said on Friday his party’s national standing committee met and decided to refer the issue of its “ambitious prodigal sons ” to the party’s disciplinary committee headed by Jacob Moyo.

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A consensus is emerging among the EU institutions to reject Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ambassadors-designate to the European Union, after the country’s prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, called on the bloc not to recognise Mugabe’s unilateral appointment.

President Mugabe appointed Zimbabwe’s new envoys to the EU, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and the UN without consulting Tsvangirai – prime minister since January 2009 and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

The normal procedure everywhere in the world is that ambassadors are designated by the government and approved by the head of state. Then, the countries of their destination have the right to accept the appointment or reject it.

Tsvangirai, whose party shares power with Mugabe’s Zanu-PF in a unity government, wrote to the EU and UN this week urging them not to recognise the choices, made solely by Mugabe. The unilateral appointments, he argues, contradict the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that established the power-sharing government last year.

MEPs, headed by Geoffrey Van Orden of the European Conservatives and Reformists, will call on Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Council President Herman Van Rompuy to heed Tsvangirai’s request by rejecting Mugabe’s choice for Brussels, Margaret Muchada.

“As PM Tsvangirai has stated, Mrs. Muchada’s credentials must be refused, as her appointment is clearly unconstitutional,” said the British MEP, who leads the Parliament’s campaign for democratic change in Zimbabwe.

“As PM Tsvangirai’s recent statements illustrate, not much seems to have changed on the ground following the signing of the ‘Global Political Agreement’ two years ago […] Key elements of the Zimbabwean state – in this instance one of Zimbabwe’s most important diplomatic postings – are still controlled by Mugabe, in outright contravention of the GPA,” Van Orden said.

“Until Mugabe and his cronies step aside and there is real evidence of change, the EU and its member states must keep up the pressure on Mugabe. I would urge Mr. Barroso and Mr. Van Rompuy to send a clear signal to the Mugabe clique that the EU does not tolerate despots,” he added.

On Wednesday (13 October), a spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton affirmed that the EU is taking the envoy row very seriously.

“It is important that the ambassadors be fully empowered to speak on behalf of the whole government,” said Maja Kocijancic, quoted by AFP.

“The EU supports the GPA. Non-respect is therefore a matter of great concern,” she added. “This is a serious matter that demands clarification.”

Since the government was formed in January 2009, relations between the two leaders have been strained over the appointment of state figures, such as governors and the attorney general. Tsvangirai recently accused Mugabe of “betrayal” for failing to honour the unity pact.

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After months of putting an optimistic face on his power-sharing deal with Zimbabwe’s autocratic president, Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai erupted last week with frustration at Mr. Mugabe and the country’s troubled progress toward democracy.

Mr. Tsvangirai had recently played down his differences with his 86-year-old political rival, but on Thursday declared he could no longer let Mr. Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party “act as if they own this country.”

His criticism was precipitated by Mr. Mugabe’s decision to name loyalists to serve as governors of all 10 provinces, despite an earlier commitment to share the picks with Mr. Tsvangirai. He informed Mr. Tsvangirai of his decision at their weekly meeting on Monday.

Mr. Tsvangirai, who won more votes than Mr. Mugabe in 2008, but withdrew from a runoff after thousands of his supporters were beaten and 200 were killed, called on other nations and Zimbabweans not to recognize Mr. Mugabe’s unilateral appointments of governors, judges, ambassadors and other officials.

But Mr. Tsvangirai has little power to enforce his bargain with Mr. Mugabe. And there is no sign yet that African leaders will demand that Mr. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 30 years, be more conciliatory.

In the power-sharing deal negotiated by Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president — a deal regional powers pressured Mr. Tsvangirai into accepting a year and a half ago — Mr. Mugabe retained control of the police, the army, the state media, critical ministries and a sprawling network of spies, all of which he has used to repress opposition.

South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, responsible for seeing that Mr. Tsvangirai and Mr. Mugabe fulfill their bargain, has not weighed in on Mr. Tsvangirai’s latest indictment of Mr. Mugabe. “We’re just observing developments,” Mr. Zuma’s spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, said Friday. “It would be premature to comment.”

Mr. Zuma and other regional leaders have recently stepped up their advocacy for the lifting of Western sanctions on Zimbabwe, which Mr. Mugabe blames for the country’s economic ruin. The United States and Europe have placed travel and financial sanctions on Mr. Mugabe and other members of the governing elite. And United States law restricts American support for assistance or debt relief from the International Monetary Fund and other international institutions.

In an interview on Friday, Mr. Mugabe’s press secretary, George Charamba, took a hard line against compromise with Mr. Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change, insisting that Mr. Tsvangirai must first make an unequivocal demand for the lifting of sanctions. Mr. Charamba accused Mr. Tsvangirai of playing to a Western constituency. “The prime minister is not being forthright on the matter,” he said.

Mr. Tsvangirai himself has called for the sanctions to be lifted, though he insisted Thursday that human rights abuses committed during Mr. Mugabe’s rule and his disastrous economic policies caused Zimbabwe’s decline, not sanctions.

Even some of Mr. Mugabe’s harshest critics say it is time to get rid of sanctions, contending they have done little to stop the ruling elite from looting state resources or undermining the rule of law, while giving Mr. Mugabe a way to cast himself as a victim of the white imperialist West.

In reply, the Obama administration reiterated two weeks ago, after meeting Zanu-PF officials on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, that it had no plans to lift the travel ban and financial sanctions that affect more than 200 people in Zimbabwe as long as human rights violations and political intimidation continue.

Mr. Tsvangirai’s bitterness about his relationship with Mr. Mugabe has been building for some time. He was brutally beaten by police in 2007, but said in a statement released Thursday that he had been prepared to work with “my yesteryear’s enemies and tormentors.”

While there has been some progress — most notably in allowing more independent newspapers to operate — many issues have festered. Mr. Mugabe on Monday declared he would never appoint one of Mr. Tsvangirai’s closest allies to government — Roy Bennett, a former white commercial farmer — despite earlier promises to do so once he was acquitted of terrorism charges, Mr. Tsvangirai said.

Mr. Tsvangirai described the refusal to accept Mr. Bennett as part of “a racist agenda,” while Mr. Mugabe’s spokesman defended it, saying Mr. Bennett had been charged with contempt of court in his case.

Civic groups say they documented widespread harassment and intimidation by Zanu-PF of members of Mr. Tsvangirai’s party around recent hearings on a new Constitution that is supposed to bring free elections. Mr. Tsvangirai called the bullying and beating of his supporters “utterly abhorrent to me.”

“Events of the past few months have left me sorely disappointed in Mr. Mugabe and in his betrayal of the confidence that I and many Zimbabweans have personally invested in him,” he said

The particulars aside, Mr. Tsvangirai may also have decided the political risks of conciliation with Mr. Mugabe were greater than confrontation with him. Independent analysts and civic allies have fretted that Mr. Tsvangirai — generally seen as affable — had been outsmarted by Mr. Mugabe, regarded as a ruthless political survivor.

“He’s been telling all his hot heads to keep quiet, don’t insult the president in hopes the president would take him seriously,” said Iden Wetherell, a senior editor for a group of independent newspapers that includes the new daily NewsDay. “But he’s been betrayed by Mugabe at every turn. Mugabe’s used this process to claw back his standing and ensure the apparatus of the state remains in his hands.”

Mr. Tsvangirai’s biggest asset remains his popularity, but his chances of governing Zimbabwe depend on a fair election. NewsDay last month commissioned a nationally representative survey of 1,062 people, with a margin of sampling error of three percentage points, and found that 32 percent of them would vote for Mr. Tsvangirai’s party, and 18 percent for Mr. Mugabe’s.

But the most telling result was that 4 out of 10 were unwilling to reveal whom they supported. Pollsters said political intimidation during the recent public hearings on a new Constitution had left many determined to keep their voting preferences secret.

“A heavy and dark cloud of fear seems to have enveloped the electorate,” the survey report said.

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A top official in President Robert Mugabe’s party has rejected criticism from Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as “desperate”.

The prime minister had accused the president of violating the constitution and their 2009 power-sharing deal.

But Jonathan Moyo told the BBC that Mr Tsvangirai was just “making noise”.

The BBC’s Karen Allen says the row is a clear attempt to ratchet up tensions ahead of polls due next year.

She says Mr Tsvangirai’s attack on the Zimbabwean president was one of his strongest ever rebukes of Mr Mugabe.

At a news conference in Harare on Thursday Mr Tsvangirai said: “I have defended President Robert Mugabe at my own cost politically.

“But neither I nor the MDC can stand back any longer and just allow President Mugabe and the ZANU PF to defy the law, to flaunt the constitution, and to act as if they own this country.”

Mr Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would not recognise any key appointments made by Mr Mugabe in the past 18 months, including governors, judges and envoys, saying they had been appointed unilaterally.

But Mr Moyo insisted that it remains the president’s prerogative to choose provincial governors, saying they represent the president – not the prime minister – at local events.

“The matter of Roy Bennett has now become a personal vendetta and part of a racist agenda”

He told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that Mr Tsvangirai of “making noise” after a meeting with the leadership of his party, who gave him a hard time because they “wanted government jobs”.

Mr Moyo, a former information minister who is on ZANU PF central committee, also dismissed suggestions that the deal was not working and said the unity government had delivered on “bread and butter” issues since it had been set up.

“This is a working arrangement that can last its full term,” he said.

Mr Tsvangirai also recently complained about renewed violence at meetings to raise awareness about a new constitution.

Human Rights Watch has accused ZANU PF supporters of being behind the attacks.

On Thursday, Mr Tsvangirai also accused the president of refusing to swear in white farmer Roy Bennett, the prime minister’s choice for the post of deputy agriculture minister.

Mr Bennett was tried earlier this year on charges of plotting to oust Mr Mugabe and found not guilty.

“The matter of Roy Bennett has now become a personal vendetta and part of a racist agenda,” Mr Tsvangirai said.

Long-time rivals Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai agreed to share power after violence marred the 2008 elections.

Under their coalition deal, the two politicians agreed to draw up a new constitution followed by a referendum, and then fresh elections.

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Cash-strapped Zimbabwe coalition government has turned down a loan offer of up to US$50 billion from Norange Capital Mar-kets of South Africa after security checks indicated the money could be “dirty”.

Government insiders said yesterday the offer was rejected because the country’s security agencies had “reasonable suspicion” that the company might be seeking to “launder their money through Zimbabwe”.

The Zimbabwe Mail has has been informed by high level sources in the Central Intelligence Organisation, CIO that Mugabe suspects that the money is destined to either the MDC or one of the ZANU PF factions and might be used to topple him.

The proposed funding was divided into two categories – a non-repayable US$100 million grant and a loan of up to US$50 billion payable over 30 years.
It attracted a negotiable annual interest rate of up to 3 percent.

Secretary for Finance Mr Willard Manungo wrote to Norange president and chief executive General Hendrie Hattingh on August 12 this year advising him that the proposal was “unsustainable”.

The letter was copied to Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda.

“Please be advised that Government has done a thorough appraisal of your proposal and has come to the conclusion that the proposal is unsustainable.

“We are thus unable to take up your offer,” read part of the letter.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti confirmed receipt of the proposal, but refused to shed more light.

Mr Manungo could not be reached to provide further details yesterday.

State media said security verifications raised suspicion that the company might have wanted to “launder dirty money” through Zimbabwe.

“The issue was dealt with by the Presidency and it is suspected that these guys might be involved in money laundering and might have wanted to clean their money here,” said an official who requested anonymity.

Norange wrote to Minister Biti on May 31 this year saying it had contractually entered into an agreement with Mei Hua Family United Nations, the principal backer of its Global Funder, to advance a loan to Zimbabwe through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

The funds were to be allocated under what is called Programmes of Global Fund-505 Project of World Peace, whose main objectives are “working for a world free of war, poverty eradication and global green movement”.

Without revealing names of other potential beneficiaries, the company indicated that Zimba-bwe was one of the first proposed recipients of the facility in the Asia-Pacific-Africa bloc.

According to the proposal, Zimbabwe would open a custodian account with the RBZ in the name of Norange Capital Markets for the investor to deposit a Safe Keeping Receipt to start funding procedures and link this to the main account of the Global Funder.

Minister Biti would assist in translating the SKR into liquid funds.

All the transactions were to be done between the Negara Bank of Malaysia and RBZ.

“Upon signing all protocols, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will directly engage Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz of the Bank of Negara, Malaysia, to carry out due diligence and verification of the funds exercise within the agreed time window,” proposed Norange.

“We will notify the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the FED (US Federal Reserve), (and) Interpol prior to and upon the verification procedure of the funds.”

Apart from a loan package, Norange also offered technical assistance to Government in capitalising and hedging of loans into international financial programmes to securitise the capital and interest.

This was an extra option independent to the funding proposal under a separate contract.

“We therefore approach you within the context of your drive to turn around the economy and for investment in Zimbabwe’s infrastructure and other opportunities for immediate facilitation of this process,” said Norange.

“Norange does support your objective of a 7,7 percent (economic) growth which was recently downgraded to 4,7 percent and is confident that this Global Fund has the potential to eradicate the debt of US$7,1 billion and ensure economic growth.

“Norange does not trade debt for assets. We require no security, assets or treasury collateral against funding.”

The company wanted tax concessions through enactment of a Statutory Instrument.

It requested authority to repatriate, for other investments outside Zimbabwe, its funds allocated without “undue restrictions and exchange control”.

In addition, it wanted permission to repatriate and remit 100 percent of dividends and interests from its investments in Zimbabwe free of any withholding tax and any other restrictions.

It wanted Government to exempt customs union and excise duty, value added tax and any other taxes on imported goods, vehicles of all types, factor inputs, plant and machinery.

It said it was aware of the Western sanctions on Zimbabwe but said these would not affect the deal because Norange had global immunity.

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Commander of the Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga said the inclusive government, which is built on shifting sands, was working like a well-oiled machine.

This is contrary to claims by one of the principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara who told mourners at the late Gibson Sibanda’s funeral that the government was dysfunctional.

Chiwenga’s utterances also come at a time Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is fuming over President Robert Mugabe’s alleged insincerity in fulfilling provisions of the unity pact.

Addressing delegates at the Sadc Defence Inspectorate Working Group (DIWG) in Harare Chiwenga said: “There is peace and tranquility prevailing in Zimbabwe contrary to malicious propaganda which agitates for regime change in our country.

“You are aware of the current political and economic dispensation in our country. I shall not comment much on that. Suffice it to say the inclusive government brought upon after Sadc mediation is working well.”

Outgoing DIWG chairman General Raphael Saphilina from Angola will step down to pave way for Major General Engelbert Rugeje of the Zimbabwe National Army on Friday.

Last week, the premier told scores of party supporters in Harare during the launch of the new party card that continued violation of the GPA by Zanu PF threatened the future of the country.

“Indeed, the reluctance by some to abide by the commitments to which they had agreed to in September 2008 threatens the future of our great nation,” Tsvangirai said.

“Such an attitude threatens the legacy of our war of liberation which was waged to empower each and every citizen, to provide all of us with the privileges and protections which are our inalienable right.

“Therefore the only way forward is for all signatories to the GPA to abide by the agreement that we signed. Continued failure to fully implement the GPA betrays the trust and the hope the people placed in the inclusive government.”

The fragility of the inclusive government has been exposed by Zanu PF when it declared that new governors would be installed simultaneously with the removal of sanctions.

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The inclusive government has come down heavily on George Charamba, the permanent secretary of Media, Information and Publicity, ordering him to immediately stop dabbling in politics.

The principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) – which led to the formation of the inclusive government – agreed at a meeting on August 4 that Charamba should not overshoot his responsibilities as a senior civil servant by dabbling in politics.

The leaders tasked Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, to ensure Charamba does not delve into politics again. Mariyawanda Nzuwah, the chairman of the Public Service Commission, was also tasked with similar responsibilities. The decision against Charamba, who doubles as President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson, came after MDC-T complained that the sharp–tongued civil servant was continually undermining the Office of the Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

In a progress report sent to the GPA facilitator, South African President Jacob Zuma, entitled Implementation Matrix for the Issues Settled by the Three Principals to the Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement (GPA), the principals said they have agreed to ensure Charamba immediately stops delving in politics. The progress report sent to Zuma is in our possession. NewsDay reported in June that principals to the GPA – President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara – had expressed reservations over Charamba’s conduct after he had made disparaging public remarks against the Prime Minister.

The duplex roles of Charamba and his behaviour towards Tsvangirai and the inclusive government were among the sticking issues to the GPA.

In the progress report, the principals told Zuma that they had agreed on 24 of the 27 outstanding issues to the GPA.

The three outstanding issues are the appointment of Roy Bennett as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the unilateral appointment of Gideon Gono as Reserve Bank chief and Johannes Tomana as the Attorney General.

The principals said they have agreed on contentious issues such as the removal of sanctions, media reforms, reforms on state security institutions, land reform audit and tenure systems, review of ministerial allocations, vacant electoral posts, transport arrangements for principals, security aides for Tsvangirai, and conferment of national heroes’ status, among other issues.

The principals agreed on the removal on sanctions imposed by the Western world to force President Mugabe to embrace democratic reforms.

The three leaders tasked leaders of the political parties and the Cabinet re-engagement committee to handle the issue.

The issue of sanctions will be dealt with on a continuous basis.

The principals agreed to regularise the appointment of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board and to appoint a new board at the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The principals, Webster Shamu, the information minister, and the Parliamentary Standing Rules and Orders Committee were given one month to implement the task.

The principals agreed to call upon foreign governments hosting, funding and relaying “pirate” radio stations to stop doing so.

The task was given to the Cabinet re-engagement committee and the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic). This should be done within a month.

The media was directed to support all agreed government programmes and to stop attacking ministers implementing such programmes.

The principals implored on the police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri to immediately ensure Zimbabweans are free to organise political activities without any hindrances from the police.

The principals agreed to appoint an inclusive and balanced land audit commission within a month.

The issue of land tenure security was also agreed upon. They said emphasis should be placed on a leasehold system that guarantees security of tenure and collateral value of land but without reversing the land reform programme.

On electoral vacancies, the principals agreed that parties to the GPA should not contest each other for the entire duration of the inclusive government.

The leaders agreed to immediately speed up the process of vetting, training and engagement of security personnel of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Administrative arrangements for Tsvangirai’s motorcade will be immediately rectified.

There was also an agreement for a review of ministerial allocations.

“For the maintenance of cohesion and progress, the status quo must be maintained, but continuously monitored,” the principals said in the progress report.

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